Airwallex, an Australia-based fintech platform, announced Thursday its partnership with Choco Up, a Hong Kong and Singapore-based financing platform, to support the future growth of cross-border ecommerce.

By combining Airwallex’s proprietary global payments infrastructure with Choco Up’s flexible recurring funding solutions, the partnership enables a comprehensive and integrated finance solution for e-commerce companies across Asia, Airwallex said in a statement. 

Powered by Airwallex, Choco Up is able to offer a one of its kind, turnkey solution covering cross-border payments, collections, and growth funding, and addresses the needs that will enable e-commerce firms of all sizes to grow beyond geographical boundaries without financial constraints.

“We are so pleased to have been chosen as Choco Up’s partner as they continue to support the growth of ecommerce companies across the region. Businesses today require easy-to-use, accessible, safe and cost-efficient payment options, and our global financial infrastructure can enable that for businesses like Choco Up. Our scale application programming interface (API) solution offers a centralized way to manage cross-border payment complexities, so businesses can easily transact internationally. We look forward to continuing our partnership in Asia Pacific (APAC) and beyond, empowering businesses of all sizes to operate anywhere, anytime,” said Kai Wu, Greater China Chief Executive Officer at Airwallex.

Founded in 2018, Choco Up is a revenue-based financing and growth platform offering quick and easy access to funding for digital merchants and startups in more than 10 countries and 10 sectors. With offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, it leverages data analytics and vast integration to automate growth fund deployment, providing fast-growing companies with zero equity dilution funding to fuel their growth.

Choco Up provides e-commerce companies of all sizes with flexible funding ranging from $10,000 to $10 million to accelerate their growth. Its proprietary fintech platform allows for a seamless, automated funding process. By connecting the companies’ sales and marketing accounts to their data integration platform, Choco Up can swiftly conduct artificial intelligence-driven risk assessments on applicant companies within hours. The information gathered enables e-commerce companies to see all their business performance data in one place, helping them identify pain points, optimize their businesses, and stay on top of the competition.

“The pandemic has propelled even faster growth of e-commerce companies over the past couple years, many who are in search of new funding and payments options to enable more sustained long-term growth regionally/internationally. Partnering with Airwallex allows us to build a comprehensive hassle-free payment and funding infrastructure in Asia to empower these businesses to scale across borders without complications and co-create a better future for cross-border e-commerce in Asia,” said Brian Tsang, Co Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Choco Up.

Bringing together Airwallex’s global payment technology with Choco Up’s funding platform and analytics tools, this solution will serve as a one-stop-shop for e-commerce companies looking to expand internationally. Airwallex’s global payment software lets e-commerce businesses make cross-border payments in more than 130 currencies at significantly lower costs because of their market-leading foreign exchange rates. In addition, Airwallex Borderless Cards will enable e-commerce merchants to make digital payments across borders that are more secure, transparent, and efficient. This will significantly impact the Asia e-commerce industry, unlocking access to the global retail e-commerce industry worth $4.9 trillion in 2021 for Asian e-commerce businesses.

Airwallex is a global payments platform with a mission to empower businesses of all sizes to grow without borders, and by doing so, contribute to the global economy. With technology at its core, it has built a financial infrastructure and platform to help businesses manage online payments, treasury and payout globally, without the constraints of the traditional financial system. It has secured over $800 million since it was established in 2015, and is backed by world-leading investors. Today, the business operates with a team of over 1,100 employees across 19 locations globally. 

Australian fintech startup Airwallex launches global payment services in Singapore